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Freedom From Religion Foundation Law Student Essay Contest


June 15, 2022

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  • Scholarship Description
  • In Town of Greece v. Galloway, the Supreme Court wrote that “the Establishment Clause must be interpreted ‘by reference to historical practices and understandings.’” In the wake of that decision, courts have struggled to define the exact contours of the historical considerations at play, with some courts treating Galloway as announcing a broadly applicable “history test,” while others have continued to apply more traditional Establishment Clause tests. In no more than 1,500 words, identify the dangers in interpreting Galloway as establishing a broadly applicable “history test” and, with citation to at least two post-Galloway cases, from any courts, define the outer boundaries where a history test should be applied.

    The contest is open to students enrolled in a North American law school during the award year. You remain eligible to enter this contest if you are a 3L and graduate from law school. You are not eligible to enter if you will be starting law school for the first time in the fall of the award year. You may not re-enter if FFRF has already awarded you for a law student essay.

    Essay must be no longer than 1,500 words (not including footnotes), double spaced, standard margins, and font size 11 to 14 point. Include your name and title of your essay on each page. Choose your own title. Pages must be numbered. Indicate word length at end of essay.

    By entering, students agree to permit winning essays to be printed in full or in part in Freethought Today, FFRF's newspaper, and posted online at FFRF's website. Winners agree to promptly provide a photograph suitable for reproduction with their essay. Verification of student enrollment may also be requested. For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.

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  • Freedom From Religion Foundation
  • PO Box 750
  • Madison, WI 53701
  • lawstudentessay@ffrf.org
  • tel: 608-256-8900
  • fax: 608-204-0422
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